I always try to make the best use of my time. Ever since I started working, I’ve grown to value my spare time even more than ever before. Time is really so precious, and we only get so many hours a day. Since last year, I began listening to podcasts on the Stitcher App on a regular basis. Listening to podcasts while exercising, cooking, cleaning, etc, have made me feel so much more productive since I am getting my chores done while also gaining new knowledge at the same time.
Whenever I feel uninspired or depressed, listening to podcasts is also one the ways that made me feel much better and become motivated again. Here are more ways on how to take care of yourself when you’re depressed.
The world of podcasts is so grand. Today I want to dive into the personal development category. Below I am sharing 5 of my favourite podcasts on self growth and development that will inspire you to be better.
TOP 5 PODCASTS FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
1.Optimal Living Daily
I can honestly say this is my top podcast to listen to about self development. Justin Malik, the creator/narrator of the show, chooses one article every day from a different blog or book and reads them to us, so we can take a break from using our eyes. Each episode is only 10 minute long, covering topics relating to personal development, minimalism, productivity, growth etc. It serves as a quick reminder for me and has become a habit for me to tune in daily. Some of these episodes are so useful that I even went back online to find the actual article to read more about it. Best of all, Justin has such a soothing voice.
Some of my favorite episodes:
- Episode 786: The Whirlwind Tour of Getting Things Done
- Episode 638: Help! My Mind Goes Blank When I Talk to People
- Episode 662: 10 Meaningful Lessons from The Story of the Mexican Fisherman
- Episode 692 & 693: 7 Ways to Stay Strong when Everything Goes Wrong
2. The Sheroic Podcast
This show is hosted by two female entrepreneurs Lisa Bailyeu and Cassey Ho, covering topics about women empowerment. Lisa is the Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition and President of Impact Theory, and Cassey is the owner and creator of youtube channel Blogilates. There are only 25 episodes but I really enjoyed the content is all 25 episodes. This is a great show to listen to if you want to be inspired by female power, definitely check it out!
My favorite episodes:
- Episode 2: Hate Your Body? Here’s why you shouldn’t
- Episode 18: How to Finally Get Rid of Your Grudge
- Episode 16: Super-Charge Your Life in 5-4-3-2-1 with Mel Robbins
3. School of Greatness
Every time after listening to one of Lewis Howe’s episode, I always feels so motivated to make my life better. Lewis is a former athlete, book author, and motivational speaker. What makes this show very special is the cool guest speakers brought onto the show. I learned more about some of my favourite people and was glad to experience their down-to-earth and honest personalities through these episodes.
Note that most episodes can be quite lengthy at around one hour per episode. However, they all have great content so I would suggest listening to them in parts. I also really enjoyed Lewis’s solo episodes and 5 minute Fridays. You’re missing out if you haven’t listen to this show!
My Favorite episodes:
- Episode 592 Danica Patrick: Mindset, Spirituality, and Living Fully
- Episode 572 Rachel Platten: Never Give Up on Your Dreams
- Episode 341 Elizabeth Gilbert: Creating Big Magic and Staying Grounded
- Five Minute Friday Episode 597 Sekou Andrews: Raise Your Voice
4. How I Built This with Guy Raz: NPR
I just recently discovered this podacst and I’m obsessed over it! It’s so inspiring to listen to innovators and entrepreneurs share about their stories and struggles of creating different world-famous brands and companies. If you scroll through the episodes, you will find at least one guest speaker of a brand that you love.
As I listen to all these stories from different entrepreneurs and CEO, I realized all of them have two common traits – determination and hard work. Not all of these people come from privileged backgrounds, not all of these people are lucky from the start. They have worked their way up slowly, and grabbed the right opportunities whenever they can.
I haven’t listen to many episodes yet, but here are the ones that have stuck with me:
5. HBR IdeaCast
This podcast invites different guests to share about an idea mostly revolving around business and leadership. Some of these guests are famous book authors and entrepreneurs and have great insights to share. Because each topic is more specific, I usually pick and choose the ones with topics that are relevant to me.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Episode 613: Controlling your emotions during negotiation
- Episode 453: Set Habits You’ll Actually Keep with Gretchin Rubin
- Episode 506: Stop Focusing on Your Strengths
Lastly, I recently just started my own podcast show as well.
Daring Living Podcast
It’s a show that updates weekly featuring raw, honest talks about what it means to live a passionate, daring life. We will explore topics such as personal development, lifestyle design, embracing your fears, self-love, and so much more. Feel free to tune in to the first episode and hear what it’s all about!
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Hopefully some of these podcasts will provide inspiration and give you the motivation to want to be better every day.
Comment below and let me know if you’ve listened to any of these podcasts and found them useful! 🙂